Acer unveils self-driving concept car

By Anuj Sharma - September 28, 2018
The level 4-ready self-driving concept car is based on the Luxgen S3 electric vehicle platform, with Acer’s autonomous driving system encompassing sensing, decision-making and control.

Taiwanese tech giant Acer in partnership with Yulon Group has unveiled a Level 4[i]-ready self-driving concept car at the Taiwan Automotive Technology Innovation Summit 2018.

Acer’s self-driving system leverages AI and sensor fusion algorithms fed with data from real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning, cameras, Lidars, MMW radars, IMU (inertial measurement unit) and ultrasonic sensors.

It also uses deep learning technology to conduct object recognition, and then implements dynamic vehicle control to realize autonomous driving.

“We’re in a great position to leverage our AI technology and fulfill the vision of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and we’re excited to work with Yulon Group to venture into self-driving cars,” said Edward Lin, Associate Vice President, Value Lab, Acer Inc.   

Acer’s self-driving system makes dynamic vehicle control decisions through AI models based on key data including image recognition, 3D Lidar obstacle detection, high-precision maps and real-time positioning to help the car steer, brake, cruise, manoeuvre, or park. It also has a cloud management system for car sharing services so that a control centre can dispatch vehicles when users make transportation requests through their mobile device.

The cloud management system can manage scheduling, monitoring, notification, and reporting, and allows safety monitoring and human intervention.

“Autonomous driving is the future trend of the automotive industry, manufacturers around the world are stepping up from level 2 autonomous driving to level 3 and 4. With Acer, we’ve jointly unveiled Taiwan’s first self-driving concept car with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), IoV (Internet of Vehicles) and autonomous driving technology. Integrating Acer’s expertise in AI and the cloud with HAITEC’s self-developed open vehicle platform, we’ve achieved so much through our cross-industry collaboration,” added Jung-Kuei Chen, Vice President, Product Engineering Group II, HAITEC.  

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